Detroit auto show first-day attendance tops 2013

(January 19, 2014) DETROIT — Despite typical low January temperatures outdoors, more than 100,000 people enjoyed perfect 72 degree weather inside Cobo Center, where the mood was upbeat with more than 500 new vehicles on Detroit's world stage.

"Extending the celebration of new cars and one of Detroit's most exciting weeks ever is a surprise to no one," said Bob Shuman, chairman, 2014 North American International Auto Show.

"People want to
be a part of the positive vibe that's been evident here all week."

Shuman said the show floor was packed all day, as enthusiasts photographed beautiful vehicles and participated in dozens of entertaining and interactive exhibit activities. He said this year's opener of 106,560 represents an increase of 3,434 people over the 2013 opening day, and was the strongest in five years.

"Everyone feels good about where the auto industry is today," he added. "The auto show is a reflection of the industry as evidenced by the fabulous automotive technology, amazing new exhibit architecture, and tremendous confidence on display inside Cobo Center. Look around - you can see it and you can feel it."